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Stephen King cranks up the suspense in a different kind of bedtime story. A game of seduction between a husband and wife goes horribly awry when the husband dies. But the nightmare has just begun......

Title : Il gioco di Gerald
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ISBN : 9788868361051
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Il gioco di Gerald Reviews

  • Trudi
    2019-06-25 02:11

    I've re-read Gerald's Game several times since its 1992 publication, and have just finished listening to it as an audiobook. Here's what I know for sure: 1) this story has lost none of its power over me, despite the fact I know everything that's going to happen (quite an impressive feat for a largely plot-driven suspense piece) 2) it is without question, one of King's most underrated, overlooked novels. As of this writing its Goodreads rating is 3.26. Keeping it company in the basement is the much maligned Tommyknockers (incidentally another favorite of mine) and From a Buick 8 (also 3.26 but as this is my least favorite King novel I tend to agree with that number).3) finally, if you aren't already a raving fan of this book I'm not going to change your mind. That's fair. We can't all love the same thing, especially when it comes to books. What I hope I can do is capture just a smidge (like lightning in a bottle) the reasons why -- if you haven't yet -- you must give this book a chance. For a lot of Constant Readers, Gerald's Game will always be linked to its sister novel -- Dolores Claiborne -- as both books were released the same year and King meant them to be companion novels to one another. Their narratives are cleverly linked by a solar eclipse. As a literary device it is an interesting one, but for me it isn't what makes these novels so special or spectacular. In fact, you could remove that connection and neither novel would suffer from its absence. No, what makes each novel memorable is the writing, the characterization and most of all, King's sheer balls to the wall commitment to the delivery of the story and its outcome. As companion novels, there are some notable similarities; namely, the exploration of female abuse at the hands of male aggressors. There are painful descriptions of domestic battery and sexual molestation. King bravely (and quite successfully I would argue) enters the terrain of victim humiliation, degradation, and the lingering psychological effects such acts guarantee. In many ways, these are King's most feminist novels and I don't think it a coincidence that Gerald's Game is dedicated to his wife Tabitha and her five sisters.Yet for me, this isn't what defines Gerald's Game which I would argue has much more in common with Misery, King's Bachman novel The Long Walk, and his short story "Survivor Type". I say this because in all of these what King is really doing is looking at the human body under brutalizing physical duress... at the body in extremis and what humans are genetically hardwired to do to survive and go on living another day. Excruciating physical peril undeniably comes with a psychological component and no one writes that better than King using his own heady and addictive brew of storytelling. Jessie Burlingame -- our "damsel" in distress -- is facing certain death. She is trapped, chained in handcuffs to the bed she shares with her husband Gerald in their summer house on the lake. But it's not summer. It's fall, and the lake is empty. Everyone has gone home. There is no one to hear her scream or beg for release. One of the reasons I love Gerald's Game so much is the "solve the puzzle" locked room mystery of it. It's like one of those brain teasers (you know the one about the melted icicle?) In this case, you have one woman handcuffed to a bed. How do you get her out of them (playing fair, no tricks, no deus ex machina). How will she suffer? What demands will be placed on her body, on her mind? This is where King shines. (view spoiler)[One of my favorite scenes from the entire novel is Jessie's quest for the glass of water resting on the bed's headboard. It is agonizing suspense I almost couldn't stand it. Sheer mastery of the craft I tell you. It would have had Hitchcock foaming at the mouth to film it. (hide spoiler)]In telling Jessie's story King uncovers all the nitty-gritty minutia of human physical suffering and the desperation of one woman's attempt to end it. How far is any one person willing to go to keep on taking his or her next breath? Stephen King knows pretty damn far. Just ask Paul Sheldon or Ray Garraty. Or the castaway in "Survivor Type" -- him most of all. King also knows that the human body has an amazing capacity for trauma. It can withstand a lot -- so much so that the mind often breaks first. King being King, it's not just enough to have Jessie at the mercy of handcuffs she can't merely wiggle out of. No, King being King, he introduces several other elements to the story to amp up the suspense and terror. Some may argue the story didn't need these elements (one element in particular), but I say Bravo! (view spoiler)[Our first introduction to the "Space Cowboy" -- There was a man in the room -- nearly caused me to faint from pure shock. I was in those handcuffs too, you see, in the dark, thirsty, exhausted and in pain. The sudden realization that I may not be alone after all, that there may be someone lurking in a dark shadow of the room watching me.... shiver. I love how long King is able to prolong the suspense over this creature's existence -- is it or is it not a figment of Jessie's overtaxed imagination? I went back and forth several times during the last part of the novel, until finally the big reveal and I was satisfied, more than satisfied actually. The fact that he turned out to be real after all made my skin crawl.(hide spoiler)]On the Stephen King Fans discussion forum here on Goodreads, a wonderful comment was made that really sums up the intensity of this novel for me, and its overwhelming, lingering appeal: [Gerald's Game] goes straight to the oldest, reptilian part of the human brain: fight or flight -- but here, flight's out of the question. This is true horror -- helplessness. This novel is burned into my brain as if I've lived it. That's unforgettable storytelling and something you don't want to miss. Trust me. You do trust me, don't you?

  • PirateSteve
    2019-06-02 06:58

    The regularity in which Stephen King writes 3 plus, 4 and 5 star books is staggering. What surprised me with Gerald's Game is after all these years Mr.King chose this book to spit in the face of horror. This book commences with a solid, voyeuristic 4 star plot. We move into the middle of the book like a hungry dog looking for it's next meal. Sniffing around for clues of what may happen next and how we would react. 3 plus/4 star writing pulls us into the story until it's no longer voyeuristic. It's the next moment in our own reality. Just when I thought it was over, the final few chapters of this book takes the plot up a notch and I'm not going to give you the slightest of clues. 5 stars for becoming my all time favorite Stephen King novel..

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-06-16 09:13

    ”This wasn’t the smile, though. This was the grin--a version of it he seemed to save just for these sessions. She had an idea that to Gerald, who was on the inside of it, the grin felt wolfish. Piratical, maybe. From her angle, however, lying here with her arms raised above her head and nothing on but a pair of bikini panties, it only looked stupid, No...retarded. He was, after all, no devil-may-care adventurer like the ones in the mens’ magazines over which he had spent the furious ejaculations of his lonely, overweight puberty; he was an attorney with a pink, too-large face spreading below a widow’s peak which was narrowing relentlessly toward total baldness. Just an attorney with a hard-on poking the front of his undershorts out of shape. And only moderately out of shape at that.”Poor Gerald, unfortunately he is merely a plot device and his moments on center stage are destined to be fleeting. He has recently discovered this new sexual kink that puts the fire back in the dragon. It changes everything and soon it becomes apparent that he can’t raise the flag anymore unless he handcuffs his wife Jessie to a bed. He wants and needs her to be absolutely submissive. Jessie is complicit. She feels okay with it; maybe even feels a little excited about that horny glint in Gerald’s eye, and it adds to the excitement that they decided to run up to the summer house in the fall when no one is there. Gerald didn’t skimp on the equipment, oh no, he bought the real McCoy, not toys, but police issue handcuffs. It adds to his pleasure knowing she is completely helpless, wellnottotally helpless.Now maybe there is something extra stimulating for Gerald to lock his wife to a bed knowing that they are in the middle of nowhere, knowing that no one can hear a thing. He has a look in his eye that makes Jessie think that he is prepared to take the GAME too far. She asks to be released. He likes this new twist. A rape fantasy is blooming before his eyes. He isn’t going to release her. Jessie kicks him. Her aim is excellent and those legs belong to someone who used to be athletic. She catches him in the gonads and in the stomach. Gerald exits stage left, but though his lines are finished his corpse still has a role to play.Jessie is in a pickle.”Those are real handcuffs you’re wearing, not the cute little bondage numbers with the padding inside the wristlets and a hidden escape-lever you can push if someone gets carried away and starts going a little too far. You’re for-real locked up, and you don’t happen to be either fakir from the Mysterious East, capable of twisting your body up like a pretzel, or an escape artist like Harry Houdini or David Copperfield. I’m just telling it the way I see it, okay? And the way I see it, you’re toast.”I don’t know if Jessie is technically schizophrenic because sometimes voices in our heads can be good guiding forces and not necessarily debilitating. A traumatic event like being handcuffed to a bed in the middle of nowhere might bring out all kinds of voices in my head. I would hope that Jimmy Stewart’s voice would show up. Wouldn’t that be great hearing him say ‘now just calm down Jeff we are going to get through this.’ Jessie’s voices, old friends it seems, are sometimes very encouraging and sometimes depressively pragmatic about the situation. Jessie, an old hand at sorting out the voices, vacillates between thinking about how she can live and thinking about exactly how she will die as the voices wage a war in her head. The keys, yes the keys are way over there on the dresser. She gets a cramp. It was only a matter of time. ”A fresh cramp sank long, bitter teeth into her left armpit, and she pulled her cracked lips back in a grimace. It was like having your heart poked with the tines of a barbecue fork. Then the muscles just below her breasts tightened and the bundle of nerves in her solar plexus seemed to ignite like a pile of dry sticks. This pain was new, and it was enormous--far beyond anything she had experienced thus far. It bent her backward like a greenwood stick, her torso twisting from side to side, knees snapping open and shut. Her hair flew in clots and clumps. She tried to scream and couldn’t. For a moment she was sure this was it, the end of the line. One final convulsion, as powerful as six sticks of dynamite planted in a granite ledge, and out you go, Jessie; cashier’s on your right.But this one passed, too.”Does anyone truly understand fear better than Stephen King. Let’s ratchet it up a bit. Entered through the pet door stage right is the stray dog formerly known as Prince. He is a demented version of the dog that was once loved and coddled by a girl. He is beyond hungry on the verge of starvation. Yeah it gets a bit gruesome.Being tied up with death staring you in the face will probably lead most anyone to a few moments of reflection. Jessie thinks about her father and the stain he left on her life. Even as an adult looking back the situations that occurred are baffling. The manipulations and the secrets are still wiggling in her subconscious never to be completely still or properly categorized like a mounted butterfly or a file marked DONE. It is an ongoing evaluation. She sees the room. Hallucination or real? Something that genetically monstrous can’t be real...can it? One of the things I like about Stephen King is he usually gives nods to other writers or artists or musicians reminding me that he is beyond just a pop culture...well...King. If you want to go to heavenLet me tell you how to do it,You gotta grease your feetWith a little mutton suet.You just slide out of the devil’s handAnd ooze on over to the Promised Land;Take it easy,Go greasy.A bit of Woody Guthrie...oh so it turns out to the situation. I was caught up in this book and blew through pages like Speedy Gonzales. By the end I felt that King added too many elements which detracted from the overall believability of the situation for me. True terror comes from me being totally sold on all the twists and turns. Despite those misgivings I still really enjoyed the book and he convinced me most emphatically that I don’t need two pair of police issue handcuffs to spice up my love life. *Shudder*

  • Bradley
    2019-06-01 06:02

    I'm revising my previous estimation of this book up one star. I'm gonna be a little spoilery. :)Why? The re-read was actually rather satisfying. Yes, it's a novel about survival and all the kinds of crap that men make women do to satisfy themselves, but it's also a rather moving novel about keeping (or losing) one's sanity in the face of all those expectations.Never mind the sheer horror of being handcuffed to a bed without hope of being saved because your lover just keeled over, or watching a dog eat your husband as you go thirsty. It's a lot more than just that. It's memories and other humiliations and the struggle to find oneself through one hell of an ordeal.Plus, I kinda like the fact that we're dealing with a very Poe-ish or Aristotelian art-ethic here. It's very focused in time and place, forcing us to go down deep into the subconscious. I can't help but appreciate that more now than when I was younger. *shrug*Either way, I also enjoyed the almost tacked-on feel of the extended denouement. It really gave a sense of reflection and of shoring up her defenses after having them all stripped away, both literally and figuratively. I felt the power of the positive reversal.Now, I should say that I'm revising this from my three stars to four based mainly on the fact that the novel is good on its own, but when I chose to give it three (from memory), I did so based on my enjoyment in comparison with the rest of Stephen King's works. It isn't his strongest novel by far, but it was still quite enjoyable.I think I'm going to really enjoy the movie in a few days. :)

  • Mario
    2019-06-20 09:09

    Sometimes it takes heart to write about a thing, doesn't it? To let that thing out of the room way in the back of your mind and put it up there on the screen.This was, without a doubt, the most fucked up book I've ever read. So of course I loved it.For some reason, I went into this book thinking I'm not going to like it. Jessie, our main character, is handcuffed to a bed and can't move. Doesn't sound that much exciting, right? Well, wrong.I thought that the whole novel would be about Jessie trying to escape, and that it would just drag and be boring. But, boy, was I wrong! This book was anything but boring. And I wouldn't call this book scary, but it is creepy and disturbing. I felt like I was in the room with her, and that really freaked me out.Also, Jessie (our main character, as I said before) definitely isn't one of the most likable character, at least at the start. But, as the story progressed, I started liking her more and more, and hoping she would save herself somehow.But this book definitely isn't for everyone. There are scenes that actually made me sick, and I had to put the book down, and take a few breaths. And somewhere in the middle, I thought that the story would take a turn and become something supernatural, but thank God it didn't. I loved the whole ending, and I wouldn't change a thing. It wrapped the story up perfectly.If you like King, give this book a chance. It is different than his other works, but in my opinion, it is just as good.

  • Stepheny
    2019-06-16 02:45

    This book and I have a long history. When I was 9 or so, my mother gave me permission to read books from the “adult section” of the library. She gave me a note to hand to the librarian and all. So, after summer rec, I went into the library and decided I was ready to read some Stephen King. My sister read his books and she said they were better than the RL Stine ones. I had already gone through all the goosebumps and RL Stine “teen books”(don’t know if they are called anything special) and was ready to move onto the good stuff. Well, I didn’t know which King book to start out on, so I grabbed the one I saw first. It was a hard cover, a nice thick book with a set of handcuffs on the cover. I sauntered up to the counter and handed the librarian, my card, my book and my permission slip signed by my mother who worked across the street. I got checked out, and walked the steep hill back to my aunt’s house ready to dig into this book on a hot summer afternoon.(I like to think that the librarian had no idea what the book was about, and even with my permission slip would have stopped me HAD she known what it was about, though I don't know for sure.)What a surprise I was in for. I didn’t get very far in before coming across a line mentioning someone’s fist being inserted in places I didn’t know a whole lot about. I looked around the room making sure no one else read the line I just did, closed the book and headed back down to the library where I turned the book in explaining to the librarian that I wasn’t quite as ready for Stephen King as I thought I was.Fast forward to now. I decided I had better read this book before it gets completely destroyed in Hollywood. I’ve had it on my kindle for a while and finally made the decision to read it. I was off to a slow start because of the release of Mr. Mercedes and then later, the release of Four. If I had to describe this book in one word it would be brutal. It was absolutely one of the most fear-inducing books I have ever read. It made my skin crawl, my heart ache, my stomach knot, my hands shake. I was scared in every way imaginable and my heart broke for Jessie and all that she had been through in her life.There were parts of this book that I struggled even to get through. The sequence where you learn what happened to her on the day of the eclipse was the most disturbing thing to read. The secret that she was so ashamed of, the burden that was placed on her at such a young age just hurt my heart. As if being handcuffed to a bedpost isn’t bad enough, Jessie has to see her dead husband and all that his corpse attracts. The mind doesn’t crack as quickly as we would think it would, or in Jessie’s case, as quickly as she needs it to. She wants the sweet escape that insanity would bring her. Instead she is forced to recall the worst moments of her life, hear voices in her head and see a walking nightmare of a man standing in the corner of the room while she lies there like a piece of meat on display in a case. But wait, is that a man? Or a shadow? Is she hallucinating? Maybe she’s delusional from the lack of food and water….is that a footprint? What I can tell you is that this book had me scared beyond comprehension. I didn’t want to get out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom; I almost envied Jessie’s shackles. I slept with a flashlight on the nightstand the whole time I read this. (No, that’s not a joke). I was absolutely terrified. Though it took me a long time to finish it and it seemed that I would never finish it, I did love this book. It’s weird though. I feel like reading this book was so similar to Jessie being handcuffed to the bed. The time seemed to drag on forever and I felt like it would never end as she certainly felt. I definitely recommend this book, but beware, it’s a brutal read. Might I suggest you read it in broad daylight in a wide open space with lots of people around you? Just in case…

  • Orsodimondo
    2019-05-26 09:59

    PIÙ CHE UN GIOCO, È UNA PRESA IN GIROLo spunto è interessante, promette bene: purtroppo non mantiene affatto.Si tratta di un'idea da racconto, non dovrebbe andare oltre poche decine di pagine.Invece King la tira in lungo e in largo, e questa edizione italiana peggiora tutto: 300 pagine fitte fitte rendono la lettura una fatica, la traduzione è abborracciata, la copertina orrenda. Immagino che la scelta di dilatare oltre misura una storia come questa sia dovuta a ragioni commerciali, il romanzo si vende mentre il racconto singolo no.Ma la narrazione ne risente parecchio: ripetizioni a non finire, situazioni stirate fino all'inverosimile, e all'insostenibile – una voce interiore che è molto esteriore, e infatti parla troppo e in modo irritante, una voce off che è sempre on, per continuare a giocare con le parole.Il risultato è un romanzo rozzo fino alla volgarità, tirato via, noioso – certo non degno dei tanti complimenti che vengono tributati a Stephen King.Ho deciso di leggerlo, nonostante il mio scarso interesse e scarsa simpatia per King, perché Ammaniti lo citava in una recente intervista come spunto per il suo ultimo “Io e te”, dal quale penso che ormai mi terrò alla larga (cosa che ho poi fatto).Da ieri è disponibile il film su Netflix. Opera più che dignitosa, nobilita il romanzaccio del kingaccio, offre cento minuti thriller venati d’horror.Carla Gugino è brava, e bella, e davvero non si capisce perché abbia una carriera così in sordina. Quasi lo stesso viene da dire per Bruce Greenwood, al di sopra delle mie aspettative.E bravo anche il cane.

  • Mia Nauca
    2019-06-17 03:05

    Este libro es bastante oscuro, no es precisamente de terror pero probablemente te deje con una sensación de repulsión y enfermedad mucho peor que cualquier libro de miedo. Es explícito y perturbador, no me esperaba los extremos a los que llegó King, con el pasado de la protagonista. definitivamente hay partes que sobran y por momentos se torna aburrido. Acabo de ver la película y puedo decir que me gustó más que el libro, muy buena adaptación

  • Johann (jobis89)
    2019-05-28 05:13

    "Some nightmares never completely ended."Jessie and Gerald Burlingame head to their holiday home by the lake in Maine for an afternoon of... certain activities. However, things quickly take a turn when Gerald drops dead from a heart attack, leaving Jessie handcuffed to the bed. Jessie is left to face all of her worst fears, as the voices in her head take over...As someone who has a relatively short attention span, the premise of one character trapped in one location for almost the entirety of the novel didn't necessarily excite me, I really thought I'd struggle. However, I have to commend King for writing such a tense, nail-biting, exhausting, unputdownable story. This book played on my mind, it gave me nightmares; for the first time since Pet Sematary, my blood actually ran cold whilst reading a book. I really loved this book, as I finished it I even thought "This is now one of my top Kings"... but in hindsight, it might just edge into the top 10.Gerald's Game is not for everyone, some people might actually find it boring and some might get upset at the difficult themes that are described in explicit detail, such as sexual abuse. It's an uncomfortable read for sure, but I almost feel like you need to go through that in order to fully understand Jessie. It's extremely gory at times too, which for a hardened horror fan like myself, is something I actually really enjoy, but I know not everyone will feel the same way. It's strange, because although I loved this book, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to everyone. My favourite aspect of this book was Jessie, who has shot right up the list to becoming one of my favourite King characters. She is brave, she is strong, she is resilient. What she went through during her childhood is quite simply one of the most horrific things I've ever read about, in any novel. I loved her references to how she was no longer going to be under the control of any man, following what she suffered at the hands of her father, as well as how she was treated during her marriage. Jessie is AWESOME. I was rooting for her the whole way and am literally in awe of her survival instincts. Me, I would have just lay there and accepted death, for sure. King does such a great job in presenting her character development throughout the novel.A lot of people on instagram were eager for my opinions on the ending of Gerald's Game and here it is... I thought it was brilliant. It actually makes Jessie's experience more terrifying for me. I won't go into too much more detail as I don't want to spoil for anyone, but it was horrifyingly amazing and I'm a big fan.So, yeah, it's awkward to really love a book and yet still feel slightly apprehensive about recommending it to people! But if it sounds like the kind of book you'd enjoy - go for it! I honestly thought I wouldn't be a fan and I've been proven wrong. Now I get to watch the adaptation on Netflix and I'm really looking forward to it, I'm sure I'll have some opinions on that soon too. Do you even need to ask? - 5 stars out of 5 from me!

  • Leo .
    2019-05-31 01:54

    A kinky sex game. A heart attack. Handcuffed to a bed. A serial killer on the loose. Scary! Just watched the new film on Netflix... It is quite good.🐯👍

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2019-06-06 04:55

    Find all of my reviews at: who know me are aware that I’m not much of a re-reader. Sure I’ve read Harry Potter a few times, but it’s not a general practice. When I saw Gerald’s Game was a new Netflix original, I thought I should give it another go. I assumed my mediocre rating was due to the fact that I read this back when I was a wee little high schooler and perhaps my delicate psyche wasn’t equipped to deal with it. About halfway through my second go ‘round I realized . . . . Things might get spoily from here on, so consider yourself warned. The story here is of Jessie and her husband Gerald. Gerald has made big plans to spice up the off-season weekend the two are spending at their lake house . . . . When Jessie decides she’s just not into Gerald’s latest game, he refuses to take no for an answer and Jessie takes matters into her own hands – or feet, as the case may be – and Gerald? Well . . . . “Gerald died before he ever had a chance to climb into the saddle, but he fucked me good and proper just the same.”Leaving Jessie . . . . You’d think being handcuffed to a bed with no one for miles around to hear your screams for help would be bad enough, but since this is Uncle Stevie readers also get to enjoy a visit from the neighborhood stray, as well as Jessie dealing with the demons of what happened during a summer long since past . . . . Not to mention potential things that go bump in the night . . . . Here’s the part where I explain how I had the same (but kinda different) “meh” reaction the second time around. Dear trolls, please remember . . . .I’m actually going to steal a line from my buddy Dan’s Cujo review because it sums things up perfectly . . . . “Basically, it's a fantastic short story wrapped in a soap opera I couldn't give two shits about.”The main plot point of Gerald’s Game is the perfect form of terror for me. I don’t care how a person is trapped – a burning building, a sinking ship, inside a car with a 200 pound rabid St. Bernard trying to murder them, or handcuffed to a bed – the mere idea of not being able to escape gets my heart beating like a rabbit. Some things I didn’t notice when I read this as a kid that I did this time, were that: (1) Jessie wasn’t trapped all that long – I get the initial panic and whatnot, but she really wasn’t going to die if she didn’t get that glass of water right away; (2) was the whole “de-gloving” necessary; or (3) was any of this feasible???? I can’t say I’m curious enough to volunteer to be chained to my bed, but all of the ins and outs of the action seemed pretty far-fetched now that I’m a grown up. As a kid I remember the big reveal of the eclipse being sooooo horrible. Since I’ve been partaking in viewing/reading the “fake news” for a couple of decades now I agree with Jessie’s sentiment . . . “Let’s face it, Jessie thought. I got off with barely a scratch compared to what could have happened . . . what does happen every day . . . I wasn’t the first daughter to ever find a wet spot on the back of her underpants. That’s not to say it was right, or even excusable; it’s just to say that it’s over, and it could have been a lot worse.”Please don’t jump my ass about this because I do realize that every person is different and (thank God) I have nothing personally to compare with Jessie’s experience. But would her mind truly have fractured into as many pieces as it did from this one (disgusting) instance???? And finally, let’s talk about this guy . . . . .I know this worked for some and it was “genius” and blahblahblah, but for me it was another case of no one having the balls to tells King to STFU every once in a while and leave something on the cutting room floor. Good lord, not everything you throw at the wall actually sticks, bro.If Goodreads had half stars I’d bump this one to 2.5 because it was totally average. There’s even a positive here with the hat-tip to Delores Claiborne during the eclipse because I realized THAT is a story that probably deserves another read.

  • Sr3yas
    2019-06-24 08:00

    DNF 33%Trust me, I really tried. (I chose to watch the movie instead, which is actually great! So if you find yourself stuck like me, tune in to Netflix and save some time)

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    2019-06-01 01:51

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comWhilst I have read a number of Stephen King books, mostly as a teenager, I was drawn to Gerald’s Game, due to the recent Netflix adaptation. Normally I would prefer to read the novel before the on screen adaptation, but in this case, I watched the screen version first. I enjoyed it immensely and as a result, I was keen to get my hands on the book. I always feel the book provides more depth and goes that one step further than the screen version.Basically, Gerald’s Game is a one person narrative. It revolves around a couple, Gerald and Jessie, who in attempt to reconnect and spice up their sex life, take a trip to their remote holiday cabin and introduce handcuffs to the mix. When Gerald handcuffs Jessie to the bed and begins to act out a fantasy scenario, Jessie gets panicked and this triggers Gerald’s accidental death. What follows is a 28 hour nightmare, as Jessie remains chained to the bed and tries to work out how she can escape and survive this ordeal. With a dead husband, a remote location and stray dog with a penchant for human flesh roaming inside the house, Jessie’s nightmare begins. Then the voices start, the voices of her subconscious and her past coming back to haunt her. Can Jessie escape Gerald’s game?gerald's game film smallBoy this was a dark psychological mind twist! Gerald’s Game delivered much more than I expected, it was a deeply confronting character based study and one unsettling book. King’s skill at building and sustaining tension is high from the moment we step into the book, to the close. The atmosphere King portrays in this novel is one of foreboding, despair and ultimately survival. The situation in which King places his main protagonist Jessie, is frighteningly real. The terror in this book comes from the way in which King plonks his reader into the situation at hand. As a result, the reader feels like a bystander in Jessie’s creepy terror room, being handcuffed and physically trapped – with no away out. There is an intense sense of reality that follows Gerald’s Game.For those who turn to King for the horror and gore factor, Gerald’s Game will more than satisfy. Jessie’s attempts at escape and the mysterious presence of a figure known as the ‘bag of bones’ adds a further sense of terror to Jessie’s unfolding nightmare. The key insertion of the stray dog that enjoys a feast or two on Gerald’s body made me avert my eyes from the pages of this novel more than once and recoil in disgust. King’s descriptions ensure that all this plays out very visually in your mind. The horror moments and situations of gore are where King’s writing seems to stand out, it is like he relishes in these aspects of the novel.The timeline of this book is tight, it covers a 28 hour time period, over which Jessie is trapped. It is a plodding style pace, but this suits the tone of the novel. What also made this book a winner for me was the inclusion of flashbacks. Due to the subject matter, it could be confronting for some, but I appreciated how much depth this provided to Jessie’s character. King does go into detail surrounding Jessie’s past which was marred by an incident of sexual abuse and incest. It is graphic and detailed, but it was in line with the story.Characterisation is solid in this novel. King successfully embodies the mind of his main protagonist Jessie very well. Throughout the progression of the novel, we get a firm insight into Jessie’s back story from the trauma of her past through King’s lengthy flashbacks and her present psyche. The novel is titled Gerald’s Game but Gerald is not the main character, he is pivotal to the events that occur and he still crops up in Jessie’s handcuff ordeal in the form of a haunting voice. King also spends time developing his non human characters, such as the stray dog that flits in and out of the story. He also includes the figure of ‘bag of bones’, who for me delivered the book’s true scare factor. Jessie’s family also rounds off the character list and her dad in particular is described in detail. Many of these characters delivered some shock surprises and interesting angles in the book.King definitely had me pleading to find out if Jessie would survive her ordeal. Gerald’s Game was a real page turner and renewed my appreciation for King’s novels, as his more recent ones haven’t quite hit the mark for me. Some readers have remarked on the ending of Gerald’s Game being quite the anti climax, but I thought it was perfect Stephen King. Gerald’s Game was an entertaining puzzle style read and a great psychological study based novel. Be prepared to be taken to some dark places in this novel if you choose to read it!

  • Bill Khaemba
    2019-06-24 03:44

    UPDATE: The adaptation was phenomenal!!! Captured the tone of the book, well acted & absolutely unsettling “If anyone ever asks you what panic is, now you can tell them: an emotional blank spot that leaves you feeling as if you've been sucking on a mouthful of pennies.” I still believe that this is one of King’s best and most terrifying books ever. He managed to put the characters and the reader in one of the scariest situation, even after re-reading this I still hold my breath and anxious throughout.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]This Gif scares the shit out of me!![/caption]Jessie & Gerald decide to venture back to their cabin by the lake to sort of spice up their marriage. Gerald sort of has other plans to elevate their sexual fantasy and it involves handcuffing Jessie to the bed. Jessie is intrigued but it soon turns into one dark twisted situation that will bring back demons from the past and shadows will become alive. (It is best not to read the synopsis and just experience it but be warned a lot of trigger warnings) It was one of those (how can this get any worse situations), it was bloody, gruesome and it made me wonder how King can put himself through such a book because this requires some balls of steel. I was flinching the whole time and the vivid description of the horror that can happen to one human being both physical & psychological is just disturbing, to say the least. His characterization shines that he even gives animals and inanimate objects so much life.“men were not so much gifted with penises as cursed with them.”This book isn’t for the faint-hearted some subject matter that is explored will leave the reader shocked. Also this book kind of crosses paths with another of his well-known and amazing book Dolores Claiborne but it’s more terrifying. I would highly recommend it especially for Halloween or just for the shock factor.P.S. It's so good that it has been optioned for a Netflix movie and the casting has already been set (SEE HERE)

  • Mandy
    2019-06-19 07:00

    This book was so hard to finish. However if King had written this book with the whole "space cowboy"-corpse molester-freak angle it would have been sooooo much scarier. I honestly thought Jessie was imagining a man in her home as she was chained up and it turns out a real man was there! If this had been the whole story... Her locked up with this man here and there and she doesn't know if he is real or not... It would have been so much better. Not King's finest... Glad it's over. Would not recommend.

  • Sara Bow
    2019-06-24 02:59

    WOW wirklich das grausamste Buch, dass ich bisher gelesen habe..sehr packend und nichts für schwache nerven :/ Story war TOP

  • Carol
    2019-06-23 01:47

    YIKES! This is one scary, creepy and unsettling book! Also sometimes disturbing, this horror story has many angles and surprises all the way to the unexpected ending. Quite a page-turner.

  • Jamie
    2019-06-09 07:11

    If you were to take a room full of Stephen King fans, hose them down, and ask them what they consider to be the worst Stephen King novel, many if not most of them would probably pick Gerald's Game. And I can see why, though this book about a woman who is handcuffed to her bed (kinky sex game and all that) when her husband dies of a heart attack has its moments.Jessie Burlingame, the book's ensnared heroine, spends almost the whole time handcuffed to a bed. Geralyn says she once tried to read the book, but decided to quit when she peeked ahead a few hundred pages and found that Jessie was still handcuffed and still hadn't left the bed, much less the room the story starts in. Indeed, King moves things along at the rate of a peppy glacier, making generous use of flashbacks to explore Jessie's shall we say "problems." The funny thing is that I listened to this on audiobook, a good chunk of it while sitting in Mandy's nursery and rocking her to sleep. I would often drift off myself, awaking to find that half an hour had passed while I dozed in the glider with headphones on, but I wouldn't need to rewind the audiobook because next to nothing had happened. King is obviously in page count padding mode throughout this entire book. Such padding isn't unusual for him, but here it's so egregious as to butt up against ridiculous.The other major facet of this book to criticize is the sharp left turn King takes in the last quarter of the volume, wrapping things up by narrating a letter from Jessie to an old college roommate. This chunk of the novel is completely incongruous with the part that precedes it, to the point where it seems like a separate story tacked on to --you guessed it-- pad out the page count. I'm not sure why King decided to take this route, but it totally didn't work for me.That all said, there are some genuinely creepy and horrible scenes in Gerald's Game --the kind that make its place in the "Horror" section of the bookstore appropriate. At one point late in the still night while chained to the bed Jessie wakes up to find some tall, silent figure standing in the corner. She's scared out of her mind (almost literally) and tries to plead with the figure, but it just stands there, watching her. I think most of us have woken up in the middle of the night to see some assembly of shadows that we mistake for an intruder, and even when our rational mind identifies it for what it is --a piece of furniture, a coat hanging from a peg, whatever-- another part of our mind refuses to believe it. What made this scene particularly effective for me was that I was sitting in Mandy's nursery with the lights completely out when I listened to it, and I could look in the corner and almost see what King was describing. For me, this scene even rivaled his penultimate scary scene: the lady in the bathtub from The Shining.And then don't even get me started about how Jessie makes her final, desperate attempt at escaping the handcuffs. I was literally squirming the whole time I listened to that. I thought I was going to have to fast forward.So on balance, while there's a few genuinely effective scenes in this whole affair, its super slow pacing and bizarre change of structure towards the end make it hard for me to recommend to anyone not trying to assemble a complete Stephen King library. There's lots to choose from that's better.

  • Phils Osophie
    2019-06-09 04:05

    Der absolute Wahnsinn. Psychologischer Horror vom aller aller feinsten. Anspruchsvoll, poetisch, spannend, grausam... King in Höchstform! 😍😍

  • Ali
    2019-06-10 09:44

    If you are into handcuffs and sex you'll love and then immediately hate this book. I guarantee that after reading this book you will never willingly use real handcuffs again. Leave it to King to ruin another favorite pasttime.

  • Christy
    2019-06-03 02:51

    Oh my gosh. So good! I bought this book for a quarter--and it was the best darn quarter I ever spent! What would be a pretty boring subject to work with in most writer's hands, is a true page turner in King's. It's full of psychological and physical tension the whole way through (with some majorly gross scenes, and creepy ones that make you want to sleep with your light on!). The majority of the book (about 3/4) is just one woman, chained to a bed after her husband dies playing a sex game she decided she did not want to participate in anymore-kicking him away, which causes an unanticipated heart attack leaving her all alone. She spends the rest of her time trying to figure out how to free herself. Unfortunately, they have been visiting their summer cabin during the off season so there is no one around to hear her scream for help. A lot of the book is spent in flashbacks to her earlier life (which does break up the monotony the book might otherwise have), including some disturbing ones with her father during an eclipse (sound familiar? This book does tie in with Dolores Claiborne- they were originally meant to be published together--must've been some evil eclipse!). She "hears" (in her head) different voices talking to her, with different views of her life, they battle against each other--most likely her own thoughts being expressed with distinct personalities...she does seem to be "loosing it"--which wouldn't be hard to do in a situation where she struggles to get a sip of water...for days.... severely dehydrated, arms stretched so wide, aching, getting numb, she can't change her position or cover her almost completely naked body...and is someone watching? Or is she imagining things? The person she thinks she might be seeing--well it just can't be him....can it?Then the starving dog shows up-and as things get gross, King proves again that he has a great ability to write the thoughts, emotions, and viewpoints of dogs (I dare you not to pity this poor beast a little). Also in this book (as well as others, such as Rose Madder, and of course, Dolores Claiborne) he writes so perfectly the emotions of women who have been abused. He's a pro! Then the extremely creepy man who always carries his bag of bones shows up--a very real ghoulish man has been watching her....not going to spoil any of this for you, though. Or the way she finally frees herself (some of the most gory stuff King's ever written)... All I can say is how incredibly genius King has to be to write a thoroughly great, captivatingly entertaining read starting with the idea of a woman being chained to a bed alone for most of the story--doesn't seem like much to work with, but for King it's more than enough. All of the horror in this book is very real, including one last bit of terror to overcome after finally winning her gory freedom. This is a wonderfully unique psychological/horror book that is one of his best, and most underrated, in my opinion.

  • A.J. Sefton
    2019-06-22 09:55

    Well, I suppose we've all been there at some point. Not necessarily handcuffed to the bedpost with only our dead spouse for company, but wondered what we would do if we were trapped and our life was at stake. I know I have.In this highly detailed story, a woman is alone with the corpse of her husband and we discover the thoughts she has as she reflects on the discomforts and trauma of her life. Amongst these thoughts are her plans to obtain a drink of water and ultimately to escape.The story is gruesome in many ways, not only the physical suffering as she tries to achieve her goals, but the mental anguish of suppressed childhood abuse. At times I found it very uncomfortable. There was one particularly (and lengthy, or so it seemed) graphic section, where I did feel queasy. Then again, I had just eaten a large and sickly Cornish cream tea and had stomach ache at this point. Not sure which affected me the most.As always, Stephen King paints a vivid picture of his character's thoughts and actions and there has evidently been a great deal of research behind this story. Well, what it's like to be handcuffed to a bedpost and some medical stuff at least. There is edge-of-the-seat suspense, psychological horror as well as blood, stomach-turning horror, a hint of the supernatural, abuse, and mental illness.The story could have ended at a satisfying place, but King chose to add a third section, which took the tale somewhere else, somewhere even darker. He repeated sections in case we thought we could bypass the yucky bits - a very effective literary technique. At no point did I foresee what was about to happen, and that is a positive considering how often I work out endings these days.An easy to read book (in terms of diction not subject matter), engrossing and tense read. I was surprised to see that it is not one of King's most popular books but it is an unusual topic and not his typical kind of horror story. Wonderful dark fiction.

  • Neja
    2019-06-17 01:52

    This is only a second book I've read, written by the incredible author Stephen King. And I now fully understand why he's so successful, why so many of his books got picked for movies. The way he describes things, situations, feelings, people… it's the way every author should do it. It's so detailed, so real you can almost smell it, feel it, feel the fear, the horror, the pain. There were parts in this book, that were so disgusting, wrong, awful that I had to take breaks reading it. It was too real, I couldn't handle it. This happened two times. The first time was when I read about the thing that happened to her long ago. That thing also shows, with what kind of mental marks can stay on a victim afterwards. How this really hurts them in so many ways and you can't run away from it. Oh, it's just so wrong. The second time it happened, when I read about the thing she had to do, to rescue herself from this situation she was in. Honestly, I almost threw up. I was constantly moving in my chair nervously, I said ''Oh, noooo,'' out was just too disgusting. This was so raw. And this is exactly what a book should do for you. It should portray things you read about so real for you, that you feel like you're there, like you see it happening, like it's happening to you. And this is why I love to read. Books open a new world for you.

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2019-06-04 08:44

    I know Stephen King is a legendary author especially when we're talking about the horror genre. I know for a fact that many horror movies were adapted from his well written novels but I definitely would not want to see a movie adaptation of this one. This book is just gross. The images used are just nauseating. Perhaps Stephen King deserves credit for being able to create for his readers super vivid imagery, you can just see how horrible it is in the reader's faces. This is why, I tagged this as I'm sorry i read this book. But, yeah, kudos, whatever to Stephen King for scaring the crap out of readers' wits. No couple would be using handcuffs in their intimate moments ever once they've read this.

  • Andre Gonzalez
    2019-06-01 09:50

    This is the lowest rating I've ever given a Stephen King book. I've always heard negative comments about Gerald's Game, but decided to read it before the movie comes out later this year. Overall, the story was good and entertaining. Different!However, I feel it was just too drawn and dragged out, overboard! A lot of parts started to take too long to develop or seemed repetitive. I think if this book was trimmed in half and read as a novella like The Body or The Shawshank Redemption, then we have a winner! Unfortunately, I think Mr. King was trying to pull more out of this story than was really necessary, making it for a bad read.I do look forward to the movie, as they won't have time to dive into the unnecessary details and just show the plot, which is good in its own right!

  • Jeff Veesenmeyer
    2019-06-12 08:57

    this book tells the gripping tale of a woman who, one day, decides it would be sporting to fool around with her husband, even going so far as to allow him to handcuff her to the bed an then, just before the sexing begins, decides to deny him access. The husband, righfully angry, then tries to have his way with bound wifey but she busts him in the nads and he conveniently dies. So begins her survival saga of trying to unbind herself from the bed post. At some point a dog tries to eat her husband and a serial killer shows up to model his hand-crafted bone jewelry. If this book still sounds interesting to you at this all means, proceed.

  • Becky
    2019-06-16 03:47

    3.5 StarsBeing a lifelong King fan has its ups and downs, for sure, but it always makes things interesting. Like the time that this book was confiscated by a "concerned teacher" when I brought it to school with me. I think I was somewhere around 14 or 15ish, and had already been reading King for 5-6 years by that point. But she didn't care - this teacher didn't think Stephen King was appropriate reading material, that he wrote trash, and that I was better off reading, I dunno, Milton or something. (I think I got lucky in that whole required reading regard. Because I homeschooled at the tail end of my highschool adventure, I missed out on a lot of that required reading torture - so when I got around to reading the classics as an adult, I actually enjoyed them. Mostly.)Anyway, I eventually did get my book back from her, and finished it, but I don't recall much about the book from my first read. The confiscation and a few other key points were all that remained - the bed, the handcuffs, the dead hubby... and a courtroom. Nothing specific or detailed about the courtroom - just that there was one. Usually, with King, my memory is pretty damn good, so I figure that this one hadn't impressed me way back when. Way-back-when me probably reacted similarly to my more recent reaction after finally getting around to reading Flowers in the Attic: "Meh... that's it?" I can just imagine the hype, the fact that it was King, the confiscation, all combining to create this idea in my 15ish year old head that this book must be EPIC... and then... Not so much. But now-me, who has *coughcough* more years experience of life and stuff, can appreciate the nuance of this story better. I still wouldn't go so far as to call it a favorite, or even top 10, but compared to my non-memory assumption of boredom, it's come up on the list. On the surface, this is a woman struggling for survival in a shitty situation: handcuffed naked to a bed, in a cabin near a lake in the off-season, and nobody knows she's there. Her dead husband is rotting on the floor nearby, after suffering a heart attack. (OK, probably not rotting JUST yet, but it sounds much more dramatic that way.) That's the surface story - and then there's the parallel, which is that in order to free herself physically, she's got to free herself mentally, from her self-induced mind-prison of suppression and shame, centered around another time when she was helpless (this time from innocence and ignorance rather than a pair of cuffs) and someone took advantage of her. Jessie Burlingame as a character is one that, I think, requires a bit of maturity to appreciate. My younger self probably didn't understand her. Even now I found myself thinking of her as cold and closed-off, almost prudish at times - especially towards the beginning of the book, when she's trying to offer consolation sex to her husband to get out of the bondage game he's interested in - and she no longer wants to play. "I'll get on top," and "You can lay back and put your hands behind your head and I'll do the other thing," sound to me probably how they would have sounded to Gerald - unenthusiastic and begrudging. About as exciting as a 2-for-1 sale on root canals. But as we learn more about her, and her secrets which have been locked away for so long, it starts to make sense and form a clearer picture of the woman she grew to be. She experienced something disturbing and traumatic in her childhood... but the secrecy and the shame and the suppression of everything related to that incident is what truly did her harm. And that was all self-inflicted. It's no wonder that she's sexually repressed. Her methods of coping with stress and trauma are interesting. She's split herself up into pieces, and each one thinks that they know best. Goodwife Burlingame is the "grin and bear it" type, the "don't rock the boat" type - who takes all the bad that life has to offer as her due for being a woman. Punkin is the pretty girl locked away so as to not be a temptation to men... Then there are her 'outside' aspects - parts of herself that are based on, or imprints of, influential people in her life. All of these parts form a conflicted whole. I could understand her - even though I found myself not actually liking her very much, and was often extremely frustrated by her lack of initiative.I get that there's a duality in this story - that she had to work through her traumatic past and find acceptance, and, in my opinion, give herself permission to try to free her physical body. I get that she had to go through this process... and I can appreciate it to a point. But, I did find myself willing her to get on with it already. Every single thing was such a production with Jessie. Every thought and movement was debated and criticized and argued over in her head - and then detailed abundantly on the page. I think that this is a product of King's style, though. He was trying to show her thought process, and her split-apart personalities' input, and progress the plot while at the same time ratcheting up the tension as much as possible. And it worked - there were moments when I was reading along at lightning speed to see what would happen next... but then at other times, like when we're in Jessie's headspace, which is a lot, that I just got so tired of the beat-around-the-bush method of thinking - her absolute refusal to think about That Day, and the coaxing, berating, unrelenting aspect arguments that force her to do so anyway. It's so frustrating when, as the reader, I'm just sitting here thinking - can we maybe set aside this ancient history issue for a moment and maybe give just a tiny bit of thought to your current predicament? When she finally does that, all of her aspects constantly have to interrupt and it just got to be a bit much for me. I understood the symbolic breaking the chains, and appreciate it on one level - but I was impatient with it at the same time - especially since it seemed so frivolous to be stressing over the trauma of nearly 30 years prior when she's slowly dying of dehydration and has extremely limited options to avoid that fate. Do I think that she had to "free" the Punkin aspect so that she could help Jessie in return? No. What I think is that Jessie has to go through all of that mental trauma to learn how to cope with life. She has to learn to face her issues and deal with them rather than hiding from them. Which is good and noble and all that - but even during the process of this life-lesson, she's still shirking her own responsibility for saving her own life. She ignores the fact that she's chained up in favor of the more pressing memory-analysis... which eventually triggers a few helpful hints pertaining to her current situation. But if she'd just put all of that energy into finding solutions for freeing herself right away - I think she could have been free a lot sooner. Of course, if that was what she did, there wouldn't be much of a story to tell, would there? Writing-wise, I don't think that this is one of King's best. This has a lot of similarities to Dolores Claiborne, but I think that the latter is a far better book. The style and the narrative just fit better there. In Gerald's Game, the narrative feels... too Kingish, almost. Too quippy and modern (for the time) in an almost masculine-feeling way, which doesn't fit with my impression of Jessie. But this isn't so much of an issue for 90% of the book - it really only started to bother me at the end, when Jessie's writing her therapy/thank-you letter, and the narrative voice, which previously had been 3rd person, shifts into a 1st person mode, but keeps all the same stylistic markers. For example, she mentions being "on medication (the technical hospital term for being stoned out of your gourd)" which... doesn't really seem like a Jessie-ish thing to say. It's just little things like that, things that just feel a touch out of place, that take me out of the story and have me thinking about the hand that wrote it rather than the story it's supposed to be telling. One last thing - The space cowboy's a creepy mofo, that's for sure. I almost wish that there was no closure on that particular horror though. I think that leaving that open ended would have actually been better than the unusually happy ending that we actually got. Sometimes life doesn't give us the closure we want, and we have to learn to live with that. I would have liked to see Jessie do that. Anyway - I'm glad that I re-read this one. I did have some issues with this one, but overall, it's much better than I recalled (or didn't recall) it being.

  • Alissa
    2019-06-21 02:05

    This isn't a ground-breaking book. I can't tell you what about it I loved. It's gory, it's graphic, it's disturbing. It totally appealed to my sense of horror and fear. In fact... now that I think about it, this book may be part of the reason that I developed an OCD where I had to check all the doors and windows every night and was convinced when I'd wake up in the middle of the night that there was someone in the house... But hey, if a book can weave its way into your head like that, it has to mean something, right????

  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    2019-06-13 07:46

    Gerald's Game is a brutal, exhausting read. With this 1992 novel Stephen King did the impossible: he wrote a harrowing, haunting novel about one woman trapped in a room . . . and he managed to make it so damn interesting! Not only that, I feel this is King's scariest work. That's subjective, of course, but it's the opinion of this humble reviewer. Jessie and Gerald Burlingame have gone up to their summer cabin on Dark Score Lake in the middle of October for a weekend getaway. The community is almost empty — the summer people have long gone home — and the couple plan to spend a lot of time in bed. Gerald is a fan of bondage and Jessie is not. He forces her into handcuffs and she kicks him, her overweight, middle-aged husband, in the stomach and testicles. Hubby drops dead, and Jessie is alone, chained to the bed . . . with no means of escape. And that's chapter one! This is the mother of character studies. Over 400 pages or so, by way of flashbacks and inner voices, King deeply explores Jessie's psyche and what it means to be a strong woman in this macho, male-oriented world. When I think of Gerald's Game, the word I immediately associate with it is 'brave'. Stephen King could have rested on his laurels: he had become known for creating small towns only to burn them down by novel's end; he was known for traditional horror tropes like ghosts and vampires and aliens. Don't get me wrong — in King's hands, all those things became new and invigorated once more, but this novel shows the horror master turning a corner in his writing. What would follow is a string of novels unafraid to poke and prod at highly sensitive, current social issues, all featuring some of the damn best character work of the man's career. All that said, this novel is not without its faults. On the whole it is very good, but it is too wordy at times; repetitive, too. And the ending overstays its welcome, I fear. I feel the novel would have been stronger had it ended with Jessie in the Mercedes, and perhaps a brief epilogue added on a'la Pet Sematary. What the reader is instead given is sixty or seventy pages of largely unnecessary wrap-up. This will never be top King, for me, but it's a fine novel all the same. Favorite Quote "“If anyone ever asks you what panic is, now you can tell them: an emotional blank spot that leaves you feeling as if you've been sucking on a mouthful of pennies."King Connections The Burlingames' cabin is on Dark Score Lake, which would loom large over King's '90s output, especially Bag of Bones. The towns of Chamberlain (Carrie) and Castle Rock (several short stories and novels) are mentioned in the novel's final chapters. Jessie muses on the fire that happened in Castle Rock "about a year ago," which is a direct reference to the events of Needful Things's climax.This novel is, of course, the fraternal twin of Dolores Claiborne, but I will discuss that connection in depth when reviewing that novel. Up NextDolores Claiborne

  • Chris_P
    2019-05-29 02:01

    This is one of the sickest of King's books, as well as one of his best. No brainless horror gimmicks with silly conclusions here (Needful things, I'm looking at you) and no pointless gore. He may be famous for his talent in horror, but with books like Gerald's Game, King has proven he knows how to handle his characters, especially his female ones. It can't be easy for a man to portray and give voice to a female character in such depth, and just like in Carrie, he nailed it.The concept of a woman handcuffed on a bed with her dead husband lying on the floor could very well make a decent short story. Writing a 400-page long book out of it, though, is a tricky business that only writers like King could pull off. In Gerald's Game, it's not all about escaping. It's the hows and the whys that matter most. For Jessie, escaping is not just a matter of inventive cleverness and bloody sacrifice. The sacrifice she has to make is also spiritual and the blood she has to shed comes from her body as well as her soul. In short, one could say that Gerald's Game is the perfect study on how the past weaves the present with threads that most times are, comfortably enough, all but invisible. Psychological horror with solid background is my cup of tea and King delivered it for me once again.